Funding Your CNA Training
Do you want to become a CNA but cannot afford the fees required for training?
Aside from the fact that there are free CNA classes available for aspiring certified nursing assistants, there are several options you can explore that may support you so you can afford your required training. There is an increasing demand for nursing assistants throughout the country, and in response to this need, numerous colleges and universities now offer scholarships and grants to qualified individuals. Moreover, depending on your financial situation, you may also be eligible to apply for government grants to pay for your CNA training.
Types of Grants
The following grants are available for eager candidates who wish to obtain nursing assistant training:
- Federal Grant – There are available federal grants for different demographics, such as ethnic minority groups, single parents, or women.
- State Grant – Several states offer grants to individuals who wish to become a CNA and are willing to commit to work in high-demand locations such as remote or poorer areas upon completion of their CNA training.
- Medical School Grant – Medical schools and institutes provide this type of financial aid to students. In exchange, students must work for an agreed upon number of years after completing their education.
- Private Grant – Private organizations, such as nursing homes and recruitment agencies also provide grants and scholarships to eligible candidates. Upon completion of their training, the student may be required to work for a few years at the facility or under the agency which provided the grant.
Applying for FAFSA
If you don’t like the idea of being obligated to work for a medical facility for a specified duration, you can find out if the school you wish to enroll in accepts government grants. If so, you can apply for the FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Part of the criteria you must meet in order to qualify for the FAFSA includes your income, your parents’ income, current living situation, number of dependents and marital status. You have better chances of being approved for a government grant the closer to poverty level you are living. If you do get approved, the school you have chosen to enroll in will be awarded the funding for your CNA training classes.
You can fill out the online application on the FAFSA website. However, since there is a deadline for applicants each year, you need to plan your CNA training accordingly. There are also a limited number of accredited schools and the best option you have is to obtain training from an adult education center or local community college.
In the event that you do not qualify for a government grant, your second option is to apply for student loans to help you pay for some or all of your nursing assistant training. Student loans are different from government grants as all student loans need to be repaid.